In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Today marks a shift in the Easter Season. We’re still celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection, but our focus on what that means for us as Christians shifts today. While the first two Sundays after Easter focus on that particular comfort that Christ’s Resurrection gives us, that He has risen to give us forgiveness of sins and that He is our Good Shepherd who loves us so much that He was willing to lay down His life to save us, we now focus on what that comfort means for us in our daily life. For the rest of this Easter season our Gospels will come from St. John’s Gospel, specifically the chapters that comprise Jesus’ “Farewell Discourse,” His instruction to the disciples in the Upper Room in the time between the institution of the Lord’s Supper and the departure for Gethsemane where Jesus would be arrested. In its immediate context, Jesus was preparing the disciples for His Crucifixion and the fact that after His Resurrection He would no longer be continually present among them in the flesh. When heard in these weeks after Easter, they are a preparation for Jesus’ Ascension, for His return to the Father to reign. And for us specifically, as Christians waiting in this little while between Pentecost and the return of Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead, it tells us what our life will be like. We still have Easter triumph and Easter joy, but we don’t get to stay in that mountaintop exuberance of Easter Sunday. We have to go back to daily life, we have to go into a world that is hostile to the Faith and to the Faithful. What does Easter mean for us now in light of that?
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).